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During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.

Did You Know that the corridors of the USS Enterprise-D were actually built for the refit USS Enterprise for Phase II in the late 1970s when that series was budgeted for preproduction? They were refurbished again and again until they made their final appearance in Star Trek Generations in 1994, more than fifteen years after their inception.

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Today in Trek history

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1949
Deep Roy is born.
1967
TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday" airs.
First day of filming on TOS: "Errand of Mercy".
1970
Tracy Middendorf is born.
1975
Cyia Batten is born.
1979
Filming wraps on Star Trek: The Motion Picture after 121 shooting days, going well over schedule and budget. The last scene shot is Decker's fusing with V'ger.
1981
Akihiro Haga is born.
1982
Fifty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
1989
Musical score for TNG: "A Matter Of Honor" is recorded.
1990
Daniel Asa Henson is born.
1993
First day of filming on DS9: "Battle Lines".
1997
Guy Raymond dies.
1998
Seventh and final day of filming on DS9: "Inquisition".
Sixth day of filming on VOY: "Unforgettable".
Final draft script for DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight" is submitted.
1999
Final draft script for DS9: "Strange Bedfellows" is submitted.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country released on DVD.
2000
A.E. van Vogt dies.
VOY: "Virtuoso" airs.
2001
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Author, Author".
2004
Cameron McCulloch dies.
Second day of filming on ENT: "The Forgotten".
2005
First day of filming on ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II".
2008
Remastered version of TOS: "The Enemy Within" airs.
2012
Ian Abercrombie dies.
Eleventh day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
2021
Richard Arnold dies.

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